Is God with you only in the good times -
and down on you when you stumble? Will God ever
abandon any of His begotten children?
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By John R. Schroeder
0nce you have counted the cost and made your commitment to God through repentance and water baptism, are you then left on your own to sink or swim?
Do you just have to be lucky to enter God's Kingdom? Is it only a series of fortuitous accidents that will make the big difference'?
Or has God so pre-programmed events that it is virtually assured you will enter His Family? Has He prepared His plan so as to guarantee success if you follow the biblical instructions?
The apostle Paul reassured the Philippian brethren of God's faithfulness: "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).
Does Paul say God the Father might whimsically drop His human children at any moment? Or, rather, does this passage not say that God will continue His work in us until the day of Jesus Christ's coming?
Continue with the same thought in Paul's letter to the Corinthian brethren. He told them that they came "short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 1:7-8).
These two scriptures confirm that both the Father and the Son are totally and irrevocably committed to see each and every begotten son and daughter through to the finish. They have no plans to abandon us.
Is God a fair weather friend?
But does God guarantee His Kingdom only to those who make a few non serious mistakes? Or has God committed Himself to help us through the hard times when we have sinned seriously and the door to God's grace appears forever closed'?
King David's life story is a living witness to the answer. The prophet Nathan passed on a vital message from God to David. God had said: "Now therefore thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: "I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. And 1 have been with you wherever you have gone"" (11 Samuel 7:8-9).
Let's face facts. David allowed himself to go to a lot of places that God never would have led him. David had an affair with
Bathsheba, he committed murder, he numbered the people against God's command and he shed a lot of human blood in battle. But God Almighty never abandoned him even in his worst predicaments.
After sinning, David cried out, "For I said in my haste, 'I am cut off from before your eyes'; nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications" (Psalm 31:22).
David knew that God suffered along with him when he reaped the inevitable fruits of making a wrong choice. But a totally loyal and faithful God stayed with him because David always repented.
No respecter of persons
Is God a respecter of persons? Is he any different with any one of His begotten children'?
Emphatically no! God has a desire to the work of His hands. He will finish the work He has begun in us. He cannot lie!
The road ahead may be a rutty one. Trials may be enormous. But God will not give up on you unless you throw in the towel. God is not a quitter. He will bring you into His Kingdom.
Let us say with David: "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: Your mercy, 0 Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands" (Psalm 138:8)